November 2008

the best of the year lists begin . . . NOW!!!

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  • November 04, 2008

I’m not sure if it’s the first, but it’s the first one I’ve read: Amazon has released their Best of 2008 list. Here are our appearances on the list (both Harper Perennial books as well as books that will appear someday in Harper Perennial paperback editions):

Editors’ Top 100
5. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
7. Serena: A Novel
35. State by State (I’m slowly making my way through this one. Joshua Ferris’ essay on Florida made me tear up a little this weekend, and made me add his novel to my to-be-read pile).
69. Not Quite What I Was Planning

Customer Favorites
4. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
23. Predictably Irrational

Now you’ll have to excuse me while I go bury my head in my hands about the fact that so many amazing books came out this year and that I can’t possibly read them all.

more awesome praise for the olive editions

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  • November 04, 2008

I’ve written before about the book cover criticism website run by Fwis, a graphic design group. The people behind Fwis also blog at In their latest post, they praise our olive editions, designed by the awesome Milan Bozic. Calling them “whimsical,” “personal and sincere,” and “fresh, but grounded,” the post also calls the olive editions “a good example of an attempt to use design to define a book, author or series as a classic.” Go us!

congrats to ross raisin

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  • November 03, 2008

Ross Raisin’s Out Backward* has been nominated for the Guardian first book award. Check out the article for a handsome picture of Ross, as well as information on how readers’ groups helped narrow down the 10-book longlist to the 5-book shortlist.

*titled God’s Own Country in the UK

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